Sustainability and Visitors Rules

Refuse handling

To prevent and reduce refuse problems, we follow the first principle of refuse handling: That is, “separation at source”. All refuse to be separated at source. Three containers are provided for the following 1) glass (bottles etc, metal items (tins, beer cans, etc) and 2) plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, packaging materials, etc and 3) all wet and organic kitchen refuse. Organic and general kitchen waste will be discarded in a compost pit for compostation.

Please place the refuge in the bins for further handling and treatment.

We encourage visitors who drink beer to use local 550ml reusable beer bottles that saves money and reduces waste.

Fauna and Flora

To preserve the natural beauty of the dunes and coastal forest, we ask that no bushes, trees or vegetation to be damaged. Vehicles should only be driven on the existing roads and no “off road” driving or dune driving is allowed.

Do not kill any animals, or reptiles including geckos, lizards and snakes. Leave them alone as there are poisonous snakes, though rare. (Call Martin when a snake is encountered in a house or confined space)

Beach

There is a foot path to the beach through the forest and over the dune.

There is also a road to the beach that can be used. (Only for drivers experienced in 4×4 sand driving). Getting to Calanga Phati by sand road, does not make you an experienced sand driver.J

Please do not drive along the beach as it is not allowed without a permit.

Please do dot litter on the beach and return all refuge to the house.

Lakes

The lakes at Calanga are fresh water and no power craft is allowed on them, It is also the source of drinking water for the local communities and they do not take kindly to the contamination of their drinking water. Please respect their source of drinking water. Sailing and wind and kite surfing and rowing are allowed.

Noise

Note that no Quads are allowed. No loud music or noise that can cause any disturbance to other people is permitted. This is an eco camp and the natural quietness and serenity is one of the main attractions.

Off Grid

Calanga Phati Eco Camp is totally “Off Grid”. Each house is powered by solar panels, charge controllers, batteries and inverters. (Please note: No hair dryers as the inverter can not supply the required current) In some houses, to reduce the power load, gas fridges are used for refrigeration. Some houses have solar water heating, gas water heating and “donkies” (wood fired) water heaters. Each house has a septic tank with activated sludge and a French drain for sewage treatment. Please be careful with what you send down the drains and toilets as to not upset the treatment process.(There are standby generators at each house should it be required)

Servicing Personnel

Servicing personnel will service the houses in the mornings. The service includes making the beds, washing the dishes; sweeping the house and handling refuse if required. Washing of laundry can be organized. “Donkies” at the relevant houses will be fired up in the afternoons. Please note that this will provide limited hot water and if more hot water is required, stoking the “donkie “can be done by the visitors.

If visitors wish to tip service personnel, we request that the tips be given to the camp management, who will add the money to the monthly salaries of the servicing personnel. Please inform the service personnel of the tip and value of the tip.